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Iran ready to present recorded tape in Strait of Hormuz: navy commander

TEHRAN, Jan. 11 (ISNA)-Iran is ready to broadcast the recorded dialogues between the U.S. warships and Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps boats to make clear the concern emerged recently between Tehran and Washington.

The deputy commander in charge of naval forces rear admiral Ali Fadavi announcing the news said over the last 20 years the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' patrols have been identifying and controlling all boats regarded as a lawful and legal measure according to high seas' law.

Video of the incident provided by Iran

Last Sunday 5 Iranian speedboats in the Strait of Hormuz asked the U.S. vessels not being identified at the moment to introduce themselves.

Since Bush's trip to the region has already failed, it is clear that the Americans in order to reach their goals have organized a media smear campaign over this incident which is contrary to what has really happened, he said.

The foreign ministry spokesman a few days ago explained about the concern emerged between the two countries saying that what has happened was for the sake of identification and there had been some similar cases before.

Fadavi also continued to say that the footage broadcast by the American media is fully fabricated and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps will deliver the real footage of their controlling and investigating the U.S. vessels to the public media.

To make clear what has happened, the recorded dialogues between Iran's coastal guards and the U.S. warships will also be given to the media, he noted.

The judicious experts are able to find out the real footage, he said.

Iran's speedboat's presence in the Strait of Hormuz is a usual measure to control the region and nothing unusual has happened yet, Fadavi said while adding that according to the Law of the Sea Convention approved in 1982 there are certain rules for legal move and transit of the vessels and ships obliging the littoral countries obey the rules.

Iran's inspections of the U.S. vessels were made under the mentioned laws, he noted.

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